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Supercritical Mass – International Residencies and innovation in the arts

5 Aug

Following our own positive experiences of residencies at the end of 2011 we started experimenting with a view to developing a Curated Place residency programme for artists wanting to work in the UK. Developing relationships with both venue and creative partners in Manchester we sought to introduce international talents to the North of England to both contribute to and learn from the strong arts sector here.

The Supercritical Mass projects of Australian artists Luke Jaaniste and Julian Day was a real highlight. Developed over two residency periods we initially hosted SuperCritical Mass for a mini-residency in November 2011. Working closely with the music department at the University of Salford and with the artists communities in Islington Mill we delivered a masterclass and artists talk to students before devising and delivering two performances in the University and in the nearby Peel Park.

This short 5 day residency was inspired by innovation development models of quick hit, low cost, managed risk projects and intended as a proof of concept performance. We very deliberately developed the format to develop the profile of the project for participants and funders alike. It worked.

Creating high quality documentation of the pilot which we could distribute widely and being able to very clearly state how we would scale the project up we received significant funding from Sound and Music to develop the second phase of the residency programme – hosting the artists for two weeks as part of the FutureEverything festival 2012 to deliver one of the most ambitious Supercritical Mass projects to date – a vocal performance at Manchester Cathedral.

A huge success for artists, participants and audiences alike we were able to learn a lot about how high-quality residency programmes can be delivered in the UK and we’re now in a position to expand our own residency programme to become a more formal international artist exchange – but with a twist. Rather than simply inviting artists to work in a creative vacuum we’ll be insisting that visiting artists work in collaboration with local participants who will then make a reciprocal residency visit to our international partners to develop the projects on an international platform.

Tomorrow we’ll be formally launching the new Curated Place site which will outline the programme and how it will work. If you’re a mid-career artist, with experience of exhibitions and commissions in the UK and interested in participating sign up to our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest and for ways to apply when we launch.


Manchester Young Creatives 2 – This Friday

9 Mar

Manchester Young Creatives meeting 2 at Band on the Wall
To all Manchester creatives – Want to meet people from music, visual art, theatre, film, photography, dance and general arty-ness? Fancy meeting up for a drink? Of course you do.

For its second outing Manchester Young Creatives wants to bring people who work in the arts in Manchester together to discuss, collaborate and create stunning cross-arts projects.

Manchester Young Creatives wants to be the place where an artist meets a musician and they decide to work together to create something new. (Or a filmmaker and an actor, or an architect and a graphic designer – you get the idea).

So, they’d love it if you’d help start this by bringing and image or recording of your work which can be showcased on the evening. Send submissions to

The second MYC will take place in the Picturehouse Cafe Bar of Band on the Wall on 11th March from 5pm-7pm.

Manchester Young Creatives Eventbrite.

Twitter @manccreatives.

Contact Theatre Launches New Season

9 Feb

Qasim Riza Shaheen at contact

Big night last at the end of Oxford Road as Contact theatre launched their new Spring Season alongside Queer Contact’s mini festival and welcomed Qasim Riza Shaheen as artist in residence for 2011.

Interview with the artist coming tomorrow about his plans for the year long association with the theatre but in the mean time you can listen to Qasim performing “All the Angles” a poem written by Josh – one of the participants in his Urban Shrines piece on show in the theatre bar, or check out the Spring Season promo trailer below.

FutureEverything volunteer programme accepting applications now

7 Feb

FutureEverything volunteer opportunities now open

FutureEverything’s 2011 volunteering programme is now accepting applications.

This year’s festival runs from 11th – 14th May when they’ll need people to help deliver the art, music and conference programme as well as helping out at the awards ceremony.

You can sign up as a volunteer covering just the festival events or get involved helping produce the festival right now.

To apply for an exciting volunteer role fill out the FutureEverything application form.

Drawn to the Beat quick gallery

27 Jan Drawn to the Beat - the music begins

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A few quick pics from tonight’s Drawn to the Beat event.

Incredible atmosphere at Band on the Wall as everyone completely lost themselves in the music.

Not just fantastic to participate but also interesting to watch, whether listening in on the silent disco headphones or just hearing the quiet rhythm of people drawing.

Drawn to the Beat – Free event tonight

27 Jan

Naomi Kendrick’s Drawn to the Beat event opens tonight, for one night only, at Band on the Wall.

Doors at  7pm and entrance is FREE!

If you haven’t already head it listen to the Naomi Kendrick Curated Place interview to find out more about her incredible practice.

Drawn to the Beat – Be part of making art

15 Jan

Listen to the interview now

This week Curated Place had the pleasure of meeting up with artist and participatory specialist Naomi Kendrick in her studio. Surrounded by her vast conceptual works we sat down to discuss her practice, her revolutionary approach to enabling access in the arts and her upcoming project Drawn to the Beat taking place at Band on the Wall on the 27th January where you can take part.

Drawn to the Beat is a participatory music drawing event using Silent Disco technology. The event is a chance for anyone to be part of creating a new piece of work  alongside artist Naomi Kendrick in the Band on The Wall club space, which will become both silent disco and enormous drawing surface for the night.

Naomi Kendrick

Tickets are free and you can sign up now, but be quick, the event has already got a strong following following Naomi’s appearance on the BBC’s Culture Show in November.  If tickets run out by the time you get there don’t worry – Curated Place is already helping Naomi prepare for Drawn to the Beat 2 which will be happening in the Autumn.

Drawn to the Beat is at Band on the Wall on the 27th of January

Doors open at 7pm and entrance is FREE provided you’ve signed up in advance.

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